History as a discipline is characterized by vast differences in methodology and geographic focus, but historians – as well as other kinds of scholars – have in common the use of archives for the purposes of scholarly research. This common resource is increasingly under scrutiny as the scholarly community questions the history, scope, organization, contents, limits, and futures of archives. There is now a vibrant field of archival studies where historians and archival professionals seek to understand historical collections not simply as repositories of dusty, old documents but as institutions and materials subject to particular rules and reflective of social and political cultures. Such issues are usually addressed on an ad hoc basis and the History department currently has no forum for archive education that draws upon Stanford’s ample human and material resources. The aims of the Stanford History Archival Workshop (SHAW) are three-fold: to build community among history graduate students through discussion of this common resource, to encourage graduate students and faculty to participate in current scholarly debates about the past, present, and future of archives, and to enhance students’ skills for conducting archival research.